UIEtips Article: Playgrounds for Data — Inspiration from NYTimes Interactives

Jared Spool

January 9th, 2008


Today, in our UIEtips email newsletter, we published my latest article talking about engaging experiences found in an unlikely place: a newspaper web site. Yet, this isn’t just any newspaper web site, it’s the New York Times. The engaging experiences are interactive calculators, maps, and data visualization tools.

I’ll admit it right up front: This article is probably the most difficult one I’ve had to write in a long time. Not because the subject matter was hard to come up with. Nor was it because I was at a loss for words.

No, the reason it was so difficult to write was because of the examples. They were just so much fun to play with. I’d bring one up to quickly note a detail and then I’d realize I’ve spent 30 minutes just playing with it.

In this week’s article, I explore some key principles that are the common thread in the NYTimes interactive graphics. Of course, I provide links to the examples, which you’ll really want to play with. You were warned!

You can read my article here.

I am extremely excited that we have two key members from the New York Times, Andrew DeVigal and Steve Duenes, joining us for the UIE Web App Summit in San Diego, CA on March 26-28. They are going to share their process and inspiration for their engaging interactive designs. You don’t want to miss this session.

Have you come up with some interesting methods of making your data engaging?

2 Responses to “UIEtips Article: Playgrounds for Data — Inspiration from NYTimes Interactives

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  2. David O'Brien Says:

    Best example I’ve ever seen of this is gapminder: http://www.gapminder.org/world/ It turns raw data into an instantly comprehensible, graphic and compelling story.

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